Resources for end of life care

End-of-life symbol

End of Life Symbol

This symbol appears on many of the resources developed by the Hospice Friendly Hospitals Programme to respectfully identify items connected with the end of life in hospitals. In conjunction with good practice in hospitals and care facilities, the symbol aims to add respect and solemnity to items used following the death of a person and to make resources relating to the end of life instantly identifiable. This symbol is displayed at the nurses’ station or at the ward/unit entrance to notify staff that a patient has died. The symbol is inspired by ancient Irish history and is not associated with any one religion or denomination. The 3-stranded white spiral represents the interconnected cycle of life – birth, life and death. The white outer circle represents continuity, infinity and completion. Purple was chosen as the background colour as it is associated with nobility, solemnity and spirituality. For more information contact the Hospice Friendly Hospitals Programme [email protected] Download the symbol here PDF     Download the End of Life Symbol Explanation  here Download  the HFH Programme's Guidance Document for using the End-of-Life Symbol in Hospitals here.   Cost: €35 per acrylic symbol or €24.50 when ordering five symbols.  Size:21cm x22cm Contact: Mark Paisley or Leszek Wolnik at Fire Design Tel: +353 (0)1 4784088 Email: Email:[email protected]  or [email protected]

End of Life Door Sign

End of Life Door Sign

This sign is fixed to a ward or room door. The cover can slide across to reveal the end of life symbol. This symbol is displayed when a patient has died. Cost:  €34 + VAT per sign  Size: 30cm x 15cm Contact: Dave Turner, Flynn Signs & Display  Tel:  +353 (0)1 8727699 Email: [email protected]

Ward Altar

 Ward Altar

An oak ward altar can be used in hospitals when a patient is dying or following their death. The top of the altar features the end of life spiral. Religious and cultural items relevant to end-of-life care can be stored inside. Cost: Approximately €400 per altar Contact: Aaron Nicholson, Coolaney, Co. Sligo   Tel: +353 (0)86 3104881 Email: [email protected]

Handover bag

 Handover bag

The principle of the family handover bag is to promote a dignified and sensitive way of returning the deceased patient’s personal belongings to the family. A high quality bag should be used in place of a plastic bag. Cost: quantity price 25-50 bags € 4.50 per bag 100-200 € 4.00 per bag 300-500 € 3.75 per bag 600-1,000 € 3.50 per bag Please add VAT at 23 %. All prices include free delivery. Contact: COTAB Ltd, Co.Cork  Tel:  +353 (0)21 4510488 Email: [email protected]  

Personalised Handover Bags

Handover bag -can be personalised for individual care settings

The principle of the family handover bag is to promote a dignified and sensitive way of returning the deceased patient’s personal belongings to the family. A high quality bag should be used in place of a plastic bag. Cost: quantity price 25-50 bags € 6.50 per bag Please add VAT at 23 %. Contact: DIAL-A-BAG, Kilternan, Co. Dublin  Tel:  +353 (0)1 295 9938 Email: [email protected]

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Sympathy Cards

It is good practice for hospitals to send sympathy cards to the next-of-kin of those who have died in the hospital.  Ideally, the sympathy card should be handwritten by a person who was involved in the care of the patient. Preferably a sympathy card would be sent prior to any bills from the hospital. Hospitals may wish to design  and cards printed with a personalised design to represent their individual hospital.

Cost: €2.00 each

Contact: The Irish Hospice Foundation

Tel: +353 (0)1 679 3188

Email: [email protected]

Shop online: http://hospicefoundation.ie/shop/cards/sympathy-cards/


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Candle for bereaved relatives & friends

Hospitals are using this candle at remembrance and bereavement services. Feedback from bereaved relatives & friends has been extremely positive. Cost:  Approximately €4 per candle.   Size: 4 inches Contact:  Duffy & Scott, Tullamore. Tel:  +353 (0) 57 935 1089 Email: [email protected]

NorMor Chin Support

 Chin support

Nor Mors is a chin support that is placed around the person’s neck and supported by the collarbone. It is partly hidden by the person’s shirt or blouse. The chin-collar was developed as a more dignified alternative to other equipment and practices used to keep the mouth closed.  Cost: 10 Pack €67.50 + VAT Standard size: Code 910229 Small size: Code 910229A Contact:  Shepherds Mortuary & Funeral Supplies  Tel:+353(0)43 3349702  Email: [email protected] 

Bed & Concealment Trolley Drapes 

A purple drape is available for use on mortuary trolleys when transporting the body of a deceased person through the hospital. The drape can be ordered in different sizes. The drape can also be used within the mortuary itself for viewing the deceased. A bed drape is available also for use on the ward. It can be used when family members are present to view the deceased. Drape           Mortuary Trolley Drape Size: Large  220cm wide x 360cm long 75cm radius corners Cost: €145 +VAT  Order Code: HFH-TD/L Size:  Small  190cm wide x 330cm long60cm radius corners Cost: €115 +VAT  Order Code: HFH-TD/S   27/02/09 Pictured at the Irish Hospice Foundation's Hospice Friendly Hospice Programme at UCH Hospital, Cork. Pic: Don Moloney/Press 22 Bed Drape Purple Bed Drape-Standard Size:  220cm wide x 240cm long 30cm radius at each of 2 corners (foot end) Cost: €105 + VAT Order Code: HFH-BD/PUR Lilac Bed Drape-Standard Size:  220cm wide x 240cm long 30cm radius at each of 2 corners (foot end) Cost: €105 + VAT Order Code Lilac Drape:  HFH-BD/LIL   Contact:     NCD Medical Ltd.    Tel:  +353 (0)1 8834299   Email: [email protected]   Drape Storage Mercy University  Hospital store their drapes on good quality, strong curtain poles, this reduces creasing and  making it more visible for use. Mercy University Hospital, drape storage  

Concealment Trolley 1
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Concealment Trolley 2
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 Concealment trolley combined with  drape

For more information about this product and for pricing information contact:   Shepherds Mortuary & Funeral Supplies  Tel:+353(0)43 3349702  Email: [email protected] 
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